What is the effect on the Berry phase?

• jeon3133
In summary, the conversation is about a Hamiltonian H[s] that depends on slowly varying parameters s(t) and its effect on the Berry phase γn[C] for a given closed curve C. The Berry phase equation is given as γn[C] = ∫∫A[C] dA e[s] ⋅ Vn[s] and the unit vector normal to the surface A[C] is denoted by e[s]. It is mentioned that the closed curve can be either given or arbitrary. The Aharonov-Bohm effect is also mentioned, which may result in different answers depending on whether the integration encloses or doesn't enclose the solenoid. The function is specified to be slowly varying.
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Homework Statement
Consider a Hamiltonian H[s] that depends on a number of slowly varying parameters collectively called s(t). What is the effect on the Berry phase γn[C] for a given closed curve C, if H[s] is replaced with f[s] H[s], where f[s] is an arbitrary real numerical function of the s?
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Homework Statement :
Consider a Hamiltonian H[s ] that depends on a number of slowly varying parameters collectively called s(t). What is the effect on the Berry phase γn[C] for a given closed curve C, if H[s ] is replaced with f[s ] H[s ], where f[s ] is an arbitrary real numerical function of the s?Homework Equations :
For any s, we can find a complete orthonormal set of eigenstates Φn of H with eigenvalues En(s):
n = EnΦn
n, Φm) = δnm
.Attempt at a Solution :
Could you help me to solve this problem?

Do you know the equation for the Berry phase?

In the special case where i and j run over three values,
γn[C] = ∫∫A[C] dA e[s ] ⋅ Vn[s ], ----- (1)
where e[s ] is the unit vector normal to the surface A[C] at the point s, and Vn[s ] is a three-vector in parameter space:
Vn[s ] ≡ i m≠n{(Φn[s ], [∇H [s ]] Φm[s ])* × (Φn[s ], [∇H [s ]] Φm[s ])} × (Em[s ] - En[s ])-2.

I don't understand. Is the closed curve given or is it arbitrary? In the Aharonov-Bohm effect, do you not get different answers if your integration encloses or doesn't enclose the solenoid?

Why do you think that you are told the function is slowly varying?

1. What is a Berry phase and how does it relate to quantum mechanics?

A Berry phase is a geometric phase that arises in quantum mechanics when a quantum system undergoes adiabatic evolution. It is related to the geometric properties of the system's energy eigenstates and describes the overall phase shift of the wave function after a closed path in the parameter space is traversed.

2. How does the Berry phase affect the behavior of particles in a magnetic field?

The Berry phase plays a crucial role in describing the quantum dynamics of particles in a magnetic field. It affects the energy levels and wave functions of the particles, leading to phenomena such as the Aharonov-Bohm effect and the quantum Hall effect.

3. Can the Berry phase be experimentally observed?

Yes, the Berry phase has been experimentally observed in various systems such as atoms, molecules, and solid state materials. It can be measured using techniques such as interferometry, neutron scattering, and nuclear magnetic resonance.

4. What are the applications of the Berry phase in modern physics?

The Berry phase has applications in a wide range of fields such as quantum computing, topological insulators, and condensed matter physics. It also plays a crucial role in understanding the behavior of particles in strong magnetic fields and in the study of exotic quantum states of matter.

5. How does the Berry phase contribute to our understanding of topological phases of matter?

The Berry phase is closely related to topological invariants that characterize different phases of matter. It provides a powerful tool for classifying and understanding topological phases, such as topological insulators and superconductors, and their associated edge states.

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